Dissertatio de Daphne
Category: Preserve for the Future
Location: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History
Dissertatio de daphne ...
Named for the water nymph in Greek myth who was turned into a laurel tree, daphnes are a genus of 50-60 species of flowering shrubs native to Asia, Europe, and north Africa. Highly scented, they are a favorite garden plant, although the berries are poisonous. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. The Smithsonian Libraries holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great systematist Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) at the University of Uppsala and his student and successor Thunberg.
This piece is a pamphlet housed in a brittle pamphlet folder. Conservators will remove the pamphlet from the folder and disbind it. The paper will be washed in de-ionized water to remove acid deposits. A new housing will be created for the pamphlet.
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